The Psychotherapy of Carl Rogers: Cases and Commentaryby Barry A. Farber
The celebrated psychologist Carl Rogers left an indelible mark on the entire field of psychotherapy. As the central figure of client-centered therapy, he demonstrated that a therapist could be more than a detached observer. He achieved a rare, remarkable connection with his clients that seemed to encompass intellectual, emotional, and spiritual levels of
The celebrated psychologist Carl Rogers left an indelible mark on the entire field of psychotherapy. As the central figure of client-centered therapy, he demonstrated that a therapist could be more than a detached observer. He achieved a rare, remarkable connection with his clients that seemed to encompass intellectual, emotional, and spiritual levels of understanding. Presenting 10 therapy sessions conducted by Rogers\m-\eight of which are fully transcribed\m-\this volume provides an in-depth, critical examination of his work over a 40-year period, shedding light on Rogers' many clinical and theoretical contributions to the field.
The Psychotherapy of Carl Rogers gives readers a unique inside look into Rogers' therapy sessions. Presenting actual cases without edits or revision, this book follows sessions from start to finish with Rogers' exact words, illuminating his reflections, interpretations, self-disclosures, and errors. The selected cases span the period from 1946 to 1986 and represent a range of clientsfrom those suffering from depression, to those dealing with issues of racism, to an individual who was diagnosed as psychotic. The cases illustrate both the consistency with which Rogers attempted to be a keen and respectful listener and the increasing diversity in his response repertoire over the years.
"To be deeply heard on an emotional level is a rare, transformative occurrence. My father was such a master listener who created an I-thou relationship with his clients. Witnessing his psychotherapy was to view a man fully open, receptive and present to another human being while holding a deep faith in the actualizing abilities of that person. The book offers a broad range of theoretical analyses of 10 recorded and transcribed cases of Carl Rogers. Although the written word never fully captures the aura, essence or ambience of a therapeutic session, it is important to try to understand what Carl Rogers didwhat worked and what didn't workto create a growthful environment for the client. As we critique and learn from his work we advance the field of psychotherapy." Natalie Rogers, PhD, author of The Creative Connection
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Meet the Author
Barry A. Farber, Ph.D., is a Professor and Director of Clinical Training in the Department of Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. His scholarly interests have focused on the process and outcome of psychotherapy, on the nature and implications of psychological-mindedness, and on burnout in teachers and therapists. He maintains a part-time private practice in psychotherapy.Debora C. Brink, Ph.D., taught Developmental Psychology at the City College of New York for more than 20 years. After retiring in 1986, she moved to New Orleans, Louisiana.
Patricia M. Raskin, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in Counseling Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research interests include career development in adult women, identity, and intimacy.
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